Inky Beer Factoid: September 8

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On this day in 1934, Seattle brewery drivers found themselves at odds with choosing between joining the Teamsters’ Beer Delivery Union and the non-Teamster Union.

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The Teamsters retaliated by smashing beer cases, beating delivery drivers, looting beer carts, and boycotting breweries that carried certain brands of beer.

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The Teamsters tried to get the drivers to strike against long hours and low wages, but none of the breweries would budge. The strike ended in a few days. Today, brewers and drivers still work long hours for little pay and Seattle has the best protesters*.

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*In our opinion…

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